As the pandemic stretches on, parents in particular have been hit hard by the all-consuming crisis. We spoke to families across the country about what they’ve experienced over the past year.
For some, the challenge of parenting during a major world event was compounded by grief. Lisa Powell, a mother of two from Minneapolis, lost two grandparents to the virus over the summer.
For others, parenting quickly consumed their every waking moment. Cece Flores, a stay-at-home mom in Quebec, has had little reprieve from caring for her 1-year-old son, but takes solace in having a front-row seat for his growth.
Nearly three years ago, Wei Lien Dang’s wife died from a rare childbirth complication. He thinks about his wife a lot these days as he juggles parenting his 5- and 2-year-old girls in California.
For more stories and scenes of parents navigating the pandemic, read the full article by @danilyst:

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